Full Vinyasa Intermediate Series to Pincha Mayurasana
Sep
15
2:00 PM14:00

Full Vinyasa Intermediate Series to Pincha Mayurasana

In this workshop we will practice Full Vinyasa Intermediate Series to Pincha Mayurasana. This is an extraordinary event where each asana is counted with the breath and correct vinyasa bringing the student back to Samastiti between each and every posture.

We will end the practice with pranayama and meditation.

Pre-requisites: Knowledge of the primary series and some intermediate series is required.

Cost: £35

Photo: Fi Philipps Photography of Sarah in Chakorasana



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Primary Series Weekend Intensive
Nov
16
to Nov 17

Primary Series Weekend Intensive

This yearly weekend Primary Series intensive is a thorough investigation into the primary series of ashtanga yoga, also called Yoga Chikitsa, yoga therapy. Come explore the subtleties of the practice as well as learn the basic physical movements required in order to safely move through the primary series of ashtanga yoga.

A detailed look at breath, bandha, drishti and vinyasa will be paramount in this workshop bringing the practitioner closer to themselves and closer to the practice than before.

Schedule:

Saturday 8am - 12 pm

First half of the Primary Series: standing postures to Janu Sirsasana C

Saturday 2-5 pm

Second half of the Primary Series: Marichyasana A through the rest of Primary Series

Sunday 10am - 1pm

Backbending and Upward Dog - a glimpse into Shushumna Nadi and the elusive Uddiyana Bandha and pranayama

Sunday 3 pm - 5 pm

Finishing Postures Unravelled: a detailed look at the inversions in the practice finishing with pranayama, meditation and chanting.

Pre-requisites: All levels are welcome.

Cost: £100

Photo: by Fi Phillipps Photography of Sarah in Urdhva Mukha Paschimottanasana



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Arm Balances for the Courageous Yogi
Aug
10
2:00 PM14:00

Arm Balances for the Courageous Yogi

In this afternoon workshop we will explore the deceptively difficult Bhujapidasana (arm pressure posture) and Tittibasana (Firefly posture) in the Primary and Intermediate Series as well as Bakasana (Crow posture) and Pincha Mayurasana (Peacock posture).

We will take a good look at our hips and our bandhas first so that we have the foundations needed in order to feel lofty and confident to shift our perspective and bodies forward and upwards into the air. We will explore a good portion of this workshop on kriya and pranayama to prime ourselves to move upwards.

Pre-requisite: Primary Series up to Bhujapidasana

Cost: £35

Photo: by Fi Phillips Photography of Sarah in Pungu Kukkutasana



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Hip Openers in the Primary Series
May
19
2:00 PM14:00

Hip Openers in the Primary Series

“Digging for Gold in the Ashtanga Yoga Practice: a detailed look at the Hip Openers in the Primary Series”

Janu Sirsasana (head to knee posture) and Marichyasana (posture of the Sage Marichy) are jewels in the primary series for the hips. They are also digestive postures, helping the practitioner move waste out of the body when done correctly with breath and bandha.

Here we will dive into our hips with detailed research on how to make these seven postures more interesting and worth our time and effort. Let’s dig for gold to find out how these poses can bring us into Ekapada Sirsasana (leg behind the head pose).

There are surprisingly many vinyasas in and out of these postures - fourteen total - to enter and exit these postures. This builds strength and stamina in the practice. We will review the correct vinyasa in and out of these poses that could potentially be an enjoyable release of both a backbend (upward dog) and a forward bend (downward dog).

Pre-requisites: an established primary series practice up to Marichyasana D

Cost: £35

Photo: by Fi Phillips Photography, Sarah in Marichyasana H



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Jan
27
to Apr 27

Sarah's Maternity Leave Dates

Sarah will be on Maternity leave from the end of January through the end of April. She will be back teaching the regular Mysore Programme at Meadowlark Yoga daily from 7-9 am starting 28 April.

While she is away from Meadowlark Yoga - you can take class from Karen Kirkness, Emma Isokivi and Amy Hughes.

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Inversions to Strengthen, Settle and Soothe: a detailed look at the Ashtanga Closing Postures plus Handstand
Jan
6
2:00 PM14:00

Inversions to Strengthen, Settle and Soothe: a detailed look at the Ashtanga Closing Postures plus Handstand

In this afternoon three hour workshop at Meadowlark Yoga, we will explore our relationship to our breath and bandha in shoulderstand and in headstand. During the ashtanga practice, these finishing postures make up a garland of strength, ease and peace.

The queen of yoga asanas, Salamba Sarvangasana (shoulderstand) and the four accompanying postures that come after it: Halasana (plow posture), Karna Pidasana (knee pressure posture), Urdhva Padamasana (upward lotus posture) and Pindasana (embryo posture) awaken the central spine increasing circulation and stimulating the lympatic system. Done correctly neck pain and shoulder pain are alleviated as well as any chest or breath anomalies.

The king of yoga asanas, Sirsasana (headstand) is the jewel of the yoga practice. Done without much weight on the head, this posture reverses the flow of prana in the body and awakens kundalini and bandha.

The final inversion we will practice will be Vrksasana (Handstand) which though not in the closing series of the ashtanga closing sequence, is a healthy inversion for circulation, stamina and balance.


During the workshop we will take many variations of shoulderstand and headstand and find ways to make these postures sustainable, long-term and potentially the most potent of postures one does daily.


Pre-requisites: Open to all level of practitioners.

Cost: £35

Photo by Fi Phillips Photography of Dashiel Peter in Handstand



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Intro to Intermediate Series
Oct
6
to Oct 7

Intro to Intermediate Series

Saturday 08:30-11:00 & 13:30-16:00

Sunday 13:30-16:00

Join me for two days of Intermediate Series investigation at Meadowlark Yoga:

Saturday
08:30-11:00 Half Led Intermediate Series to Pincha Mayurasana followed by Pranayama and Meditation

13:30-16:00 Hip and Back Remedy with Pranayama
An afternoon or rest and rejuvenation after the morning's Led class. Learn how to build temples to rest upon and find restoration upside down and supported. Pranayama and Meditation to follow.

Sunday
13:30-16:00 Reviewing the Intermediate Series
During this Q and A class, we will begin with Led Standing postures followed by a creative exploration of the key postures in Intermediate Series: Kapotasana, Dvi Pada Sirsasana and Pincha Mayurasana. We will look towards the foundational poses found in primary series for guidance. A short demonstration will also follow.

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Sep
15
to Sep 22

Christine Hoar in Scotland

I am pleased to host my friend and teacher Christine Hoar in Edinburgh and in Aberdeen.

Teaching up in Aberdeen at Mo Yoga www.moyoga.co.uk two days - Saturday and Sunday 15-16 September morning asana class followed by a talk on Ayurveda and Pranayama. See Mo's website for details.

Teaching in Edinburgh three workshops and teaching Mysore at Meadowlark Yoga www.meadowlarkyoga.com Monday 17-22 September.

Learn more about Christine go to www.ashtangamontauk.com

To listen to Christine on Ashtanga Dispatch's podcast listen at https://www.ashtangadispatch.com/christine-hoar/

 

 

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Jul
15
to Jul 20

Dena Kingsberg in Scotland

July 15-20 Dance Base, Edinburgh.

I am pleased to announce there are a couple of spaces open for the week with Dena Kingsberg. 

The full week option includes Sunday 8am - 3 pm and Monday through Thursday (Mysore) from 7-11 am finishing with Friday from 7-10 am: there are currently two spots available for this week £170.

To book go to Meadowlark Yoga's website www.meadowlarkyoga.com

 

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Jul
8
2:00 PM14:00

Surya Namaskar as Prayer

Join me for an afternoon of exploration and meditation upon the Surya Namaskar, the beginning vinyasa of the ashtanga yoga method. This is the bread and butter of an ashtanga practitioners practice: the foundations in these movements set the stage for the entire practice and are in themselves asanas worth understanding in a respectful way and together represent freedom and victory in the body and mind. 

Just 15 spaces available - book online at Meadowlark Yoga

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May
4
to May 6

Mysore Weekend Intensive

Join me for a weekend in Aberdeen at Mo Yoga.

Friday 4 May:
• Light Asana, Pranayama, Chanting & Meditation 5.30pm – 7.30pm.

Saturday 5 May:
• Mysore : times soon! finish your practice by 9.50 or earlier
• Pranayama, Chanting & Meditation 10am – 11am.

Sunday 6 May:
• Mysore : times soon ! finish your practice by 9.50 or earlier
• Pranayama, Chanting & Meditation 10am – 11am.

⁃ £60 for all 3 classes
⁃ £25 per class

http://www.moyoga.co.uk/workshops/

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